Monthly Archives: October 2012

Live Video From LA of the Space Shuttle inching it’s way to it’s Destination

Live Video From LA of the Space Shuttle inching it’s way to it’s Destination

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Space shuttle Endeavour is seen on top the overland transporter beginning its two-day, 12-mile L.A. road trip from Los Angeles International Airport to the California Science Center in the city on Oct. 12, 2012.
CREDIT: collectSPACE.com/Robert Z. Pearlman

First Pictures Gloucester’s Wind Turbine In The USA From Fred Bodin

First Pictures StateSide – Wind Turbine in Boston

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Turbine blades ready to be offloaded onto 270 foot long Barge Chem Caribe.

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Blade lifted and moving over the to the Barge Chem Caribe. Notice the unique cradle.

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Second blade is lowered onto Barge Chem Caribe next to another 160 foot long blade.

On Monday, October 15th, the Tug Orion will deliver the wind turbine to Gloucester. Get ready for Height Shock in November.

Fort Square Café Puffin

Part Puff Pastry. Part Muffin.  All Incredibly Delicious.

On the weekends Heidi at Fort Square Café makes Muffins, Puffins and Smuffins.

Just like Alicia Cox’ world’s greatest coffee rolls, you need to just up and drop whatever it is you are doing Saturday morning, go to Fort Square Café and get one of these puffins.  The one I got had cranberries and apple pie stuffing and it was so decadent, so delicious and rich and warm and feel good, I’ll tell you for certain I’ll be back next Saturday to get me one fer shizzy.

 

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What You Should Do Tomorrow, Saturday October 13th (and everything else is a distant second) – Rockport Harvest Fest!

Scroll down for a HarvestFest Schedule of Events. And be sure to pick up your Scarecrow Stroll Contest Ballot! Great cash prizes awarded courtesy of Granite Savings Bank to the winning scarecrows!

HarvestFest All Day Events: October 13th from 10 am to 6 pm

Information Booth & Music Tent in Dock Square. Pick up information about all there is to do and see during HarvestFest and listen to some great live music in the heart of Rockport!

Local Fare Fair on T-Wharf.  Featuring food made locally on Cape Ann and in New England, with Cape Ann Brewing Co. offering a taste of some local brews from 11 to 6 o’clock.  Cooking demonstrations to take place at 11am, 1pm & 3pm. Click HERE for more information.

Scarecrow Stroll Contest throughout Downtown. Don’t miss Rockport’s unique & artistic collection of scarecrows from Front Beach to Bearskin Neck to Harvey Park!  (And be sure to vote on your favorite!). Great prizes offered to the winners sponsored byGranite Savings Bank in Rockport. Click HERE for more information.

Kids’ Zone in Harvey Park.  Climb the hay bales and more! And don’t miss our scheduled events: pumpkin painting from 2 to 4 pm and the costume parade, The Great Scarecrow Chase, at 4:30!

Glass Art Installations by John Bassett, seARTS Partner With an Artist 2012 Winner. Bassett’s work will be on display at three downtown restaurants, right in the heart of the new Rockport Cultural District. Bassett has created the colorful Hannah Jumper series with slumped and fused recycled glass from Rockport’s transfer station.

WOCA Fair in Harvey Park.  The What’s On Cape Ann Fair highlights area non-profits, organizations and sponsors.  Enjoy interactive booths as you learn just what resources are available to Cape Ann residents and visitors!. Click here for more information.

NYRE Food Booth in Harvey Park.  Proceeds to benefit New Year’s Rockport Eve, an annual tradition in Rockport.

HarvestFest Scheduled Events*

For More Information:
www.rockportartfestivals.com
rockportfestivals@gmail.com
978-501-3593

Unusually wide choice of music in Gloucester, Rockport & Manchester on Saturday

Every once in a while it’s worth reminding ourselves that Gloucester is a hub of music, which is one good reason to live here (and to visit).  This weekend proves it.  As usual, you have excellent live music choices in Gloucester (see complete schedule here).  Plus on Saturday, the Rockport HarvestFest, the Old Sloop and the Landing 9 hour acoustic festival add about 20 artists to your choices.  Here are two of our favorites, whom you don’t get to see very often:

Satch Kerans 7:30pm at The Old Sloop with Red House recording artist Drew Nelson.  Here’s what Jonathan Perry of the Boston Globe says about Satch, “reemerges  with some of the best songs he has ever written, at the collection’s core is a  clutch of sturdy melodies and classic pop structures…Kerans gets better and surer with age.”

Brad Byrd is in Dock Square at 3:30pm with his excellent band, who are in this video shot at Minglewood back in May.  See more Brad Byrd videos here.

Cuppow

What a nifty design! Joey passed along Cuppows to photograph and after photographing, I tried out the Regular Cuppow. The Cuppow fits perfectly into the mouth of a regular-mouth mason jar, sealing without leak or drip. The shape of the sippy is very comfortable and can be used with or without a straw. There are two versions, the regular-mouth Cupow and the wide-mouth Cuppow. For the large and small jars that Felicia and Jill were selling this summer, the regular-mouth Cuppow fits both. The Cuppow is reusable, recyclable, free of BPA and phthalates, made in the U.S, and modestly priced at 7.95.

Cuppow was conceived of and designed by Aaron Panone and Joshua Resnikoff. Resnikoff is a Masters of Science in Biomedical Engineering student at Tufts and Panone is a designer/engineer who works with the collaborative creative business incubator Fringe, located in Union Square Somerville. Check out Aaron’s website aarn_wrks_dsn to see some of his other collaborations and projects, and also his very yummy looking food blog  lick my balsamic.

Note to the designers: I love the look of the clearish-whitish-opaque plastic, but it blends so well with its surroundings and for that reason, I can easily see myself misplacing. Perhaps color could be added to the plastic.

Battle of the Mad Scientists- Damon Cummings vs Paul Morrison Who Ya Got? Poll- Analysis and Poll At Bottom

In regards to the post-

Something Sounds Fishy To Me- “Harpswell commercial wharf becomes first to get all its energy from ‘green’ sources, owner says”

Harpswell commercial wharf becomes first to get all its energy from ‘green’ sources, owner says

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Brandon Bernard, left, and Joe Maisonave carry one of 44 photovoltaic solar collection panels toward its place in a solar array on the roof of Reversing Falls Lobster Wharf in Harpswell recently. Each panel weighs about 44 pounds and can harness 240 watts of energy.

OK, let me first state that if this is true, that they could get all their energy to run their commercial lobster dock from these solar panels that would be fantastic.  The clean air, fantastic.  Less reliance on big oil, fantastic.

HOWEVER-

I’m not as sharp as I was when I was in college and  practicing my math skills on a daily basis but from what they are saying in the article-

“44 panels which can harness 240 watts of energy each.”

That means you can power a bunch of lighting fixtures, right?  Assuming in an industrial space you are using 100 watt bulbs.  More than likely in huge industrial spaces I’m thinking your bulbs use more than 100 watt bulbs so maybe you could light the joint with 44 big lights?  44 panels times 240 watt lighting fixtures.  But someone once told me you could have every light in your house on but as soon as you turn on the toaster oven it uses way more energy than a bunch of lightbulbs.

Take our dock for example-

I have a seriously hard time believing that the juice that our 5 lobster tank recirculating pumps at 2.5 hp to 5 hp and are sucking water in large pipes 20 feet up from low tide up to the tanks and run 24/7 is equivalent to a bunch of lightbulbs even if you were lighting up a monstrous building.

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In my very conservative estimation the recirculating pumps use about 1000 times more energy here at our dock than whatever piddly money our lighting expenses are.  Then we have refrigeration and huge refrigeration compressors for our bait cooler where the pallets of bait are stored.

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Guaranteed that the energy those compressors pull are far greater than what 44 panels that can harness 240 watts of power when the sun is shining and not when it’s dark outside and our recirculating pumps are still pumping and our bait cooler compressors are still cooling.

Oh but wait, then there’s the winches.  If you’ve seen the huge motors that turn the winch heads you know those bad boys are sucking down a huge amount of electricity to be able to lift three crates of lobsters at a time at close to 400lbs or tuna that can get to 1000 lbs, or three totes of bait at close to 450lbs.   These motors run those a good part of the afternoon and early morning.

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So to me, the numbers in no way add up.  No way, no how.

But the media looooves to grab onto these stories because the green folks will always accept whatever the headline is as fact and run with it.  Once the things are half paid for with government (read taxpayer) subsidies and installed, they’re not going anywhere.

I have a very hard time accepting that this commercial lobster dock is going to power their entire operation from solar power even though they will market themselves that way and all the green lemmings will trip over themselves to go buy  lobsters there for $2-3 more a pound because they are using green technology that they as taxpayers footed half the bill for.

Hey if I’m wrong with the numbers and they can somehow squeeze 100 times more than 240 watts of power out of 40 panels and indeed run their lobster company with some type of new math, then congratulations!

The point for me is not if this was or wasn’t a good financial investment for the guys up in Harpswell.  I wish them the best, I really do.  What bugs the hell out of me though is the media’s acceptance of all these green technology wild claims because they know people eat that stuff up as it makes for a  feel good story regardless if the numbers add up or not.

Smells fishy to me though.


Read the two mad scientists analysis and vote in the poll below as to who has it more right.

It’s Paul Morrison and his Rubber Duck vs Damon Cummings In A Brainiac Deathmatch

Paul Morrison Analysis-

240 watt panels times 44 equal 10,560 watts or 10 kilowatts. For every hour the sun shines 10 kilowatts of power (kwh) is fed back into the power grid. That is a lot of power. If they switched to some LED lighting, efficient refrigeration and made sure their winches had no shorts, that amount of power could cancel out their entire electric bill and more. I would not be surprised that next summer the electric company is sending them cash instead of the other way around.

The fact that the power is produced at the peak time the power company needs it (sunny days when people are running their AC on max) means if more solar panels go up then an extra power plant might not need to be built to cover those peak usage times. One less power plant, a little less coal burned, a little less emphysema, seems a logical course of action to me.

Damon Cummings Analysis-

The 44 pound weight of the panels roughly checks with the 240 watts optimistically.
44 * 240 = 10560 watts = 10.5 Kw
Given reasonable efficiency estimates of electric motors that is around 10 horsepower total.
A residence might have 100 amp service at 220 volts which is 22 Kw.
I think they must have a lot more than 44 panels. I bet the pumps and compressors run in the dark as well.. They must have a huge battery bank.
I suspect they just run their office and perhaps some lighting off the panels.

By the way a kitchen toaster is about 1000 watts, 1 Kw, all by itself (about 10 amps at 110 volts) so they can run about ten toasters :) .
A 20 amp fuse at 110 volts is 2200 watts or 2.2 Kw so their 10.5 k
Kw would blow five 20 amp fuses. That is a residential, not industrial, load.

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Kenny MacCarthy’s Cape Ann MarketWatch 10/11/12

Interested in Gloucester/Rockport real estate? Watch Kenny’s video commentary, complete with photos, stats and attitude. This week, tour 21 properties that he’s seen/shown or that are new to the market and hear his 3rd quarter sales analysis.

Call 978-758-0983 to talk to Kenny about your local real estate needs

$50 Off Manchester Athletic Club Deal For October- #Boom!

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I tend to pack on the pounds in the fall and winter.  What better way to get ahead of all that good fall eatin’ than getting to the MAC  with a $50 off coupon? 

Call 978-526-8900 and get on board at the MAC with several easy to get to locations including G-Town baby!

Celebrating the Culture of Gloucester at GCA on Saturday

Here’s a great opportunity to see first hand the kind of education going on at Gloucester Community Arts Charter school.  Students get to choose from 7 workshops, from creating and illustrating a story set in Gloucester, to creating one of the species of fish that have contributed to Gloucester’s maritime history, to dissecting a squid, to taking the virtual harbor walk celebrating Gloucester’s people and poetry.  The event is free and open to the public.

CrockToberFest at Bodin Historic Photo and Fine Art

Last Saturday, Fred Bodin hosted one of his seasonal parties at his store on Main Street.I had another commitment so I couldn’t get to the store until rather late, but when I arrived there were still a few meatballs in the crockpots and a small crowd of people.

Fred (with a photo of his look-alike Paul Sorvino) and friends

Laureen Maher with one of her paintings

Having fun together

- Fr. Matthew Green

Susan Parent From Toodeloos Is Organizing A Monster Downtown Gloucester Black Friday Event!

No need to go to the malls on Black Friday! 

Here’s the latest from Susan Parent owner of Toodeloos Toy Store Downtown Gloucester!

Stores Signed On To Downtown Gloucester Black Friday So Far

Toodeloos!
Island Art And Hobby
Life Is Good
Jewels Of Gloucester
Pisces
Palazola’s
Mark Adrian Shoes
Premier Imprints
The Cave
The G33K Store (yes, that’s how it’s spelled)
Green Life
The Raven
Local Colors
Menage
Dogtown Books
Antique Store
Village Silversmith
Cape Ann Olive Oil
Stuff
The Bookstore
Kid’s Unlimited

AND Lone Gull will open at 5:45 AM so people can get caffeinated and get shopping!
Most stores will be open at 6AM, some a bit later…7AM or so. I am still working on more stores! I will be pounding the pavement again on Saturday.

Something Sounds Fishy To Me- “Harpswell commercial wharf becomes first to get all its energy from ‘green’ sources, owner says”

Read the story here-

Harpswell commercial wharf becomes first to get all its energy from ‘green’ sources, owner says

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Brandon Bernard, left, and Joe Maisonave carry one of 44 photovoltaic solar collection panels toward its place in a solar array on the roof of Reversing Falls Lobster Wharf in Harpswell recently. Each panel weighs about 44 pounds and can harness 240 watts of energy.

OK, let me first state that if this is true, that they could get all their energy to run their commercial lobster dock from these solar panels that would be fantastic.  The clean air, fantastic.  Less reliance on big oil, fantastic.

HOWEVER-

I’m not as sharp as I was when I was in college and  practicing my math skills on a daily basis but from what they are saying in the article-

“44 panels which can harness 240 watts of energy each.” 

That means you can power a bunch of lighting fixtures, right?  Assuming in an industrial space you are using 100 watt bulbs.  More than likely in huge industrial spaces I’m thinking your bulbs use more than 100 watt bulbs so maybe you could light the joint with 44 big lights?  44 panels times 240 watt lighting fixtures.  But someone once told me you could have every light in your house on but as soon as you turn on the toaster oven it uses way more energy than a bunch of lightbulbs.

Take our dock for example-

I have a seriously hard time believing that the juice that our 5 lobster tank recirculating pumps at 2.5 hp to 5 hp and are sucking water in large pipes 20 feet up from low tide up to the tanks and run 24/7 is equivalent to a bunch of lightbulbs even if you were lighting up a monstrous building. 

DSC07666

In my very conservative estimation the recirculating pumps use about 1000 times more energy here at our dock than whatever piddly money our lighting expenses are.  Then we have refrigeration and huge refrigeration compressors for our bait cooler where the pallets of bait are stored. 

DSC07663

Guaranteed that the energy those compressors pull are far greater than what 44 panels that can harness 240 watts of power when the sun is shining and not when it’s dark outside and our recirculating pumps are still pumping and our bait cooler compressors are still cooling. 

Oh but wait, then there’s the winches.  If you’ve seen the huge motors that turn the winch heads you know those bad boys are sucking down a huge amount of electricity to be able to lift three crates of lobsters at a time at close to 400lbs or tuna that can get to 1000 lbs, or three totes of bait at close to 450lbs.   These motors run those a good part of the afternoon and early morning.

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So to me, the numbers in no way add up.  No way, no how.

But the media looooves to grab onto these stories because the green folks will always accept whatever the headline is as fact and run with it.  Once the things are half paid for with government (read taxpayer) subsidies and installed, they’re not going anywhere.

I have a very hard time accepting that this commercial lobster dock is going to power their entire operation from solar power even though they will market themselves that way and all the green lemmings will trip over themselves to go buy  lobsters there for $2-3 more a pound because they are using green technology that they as taxpayers footed half the bill for.

Hey if I’m wrong with the numbers and they can somehow squeeze 100 times more than 240 watts of power out of 40 panels and indeed run their lobster company with some type of new math, then congratulations!

The point for me is not if this was or wasn’t a good financial investment for the guys up in Harpswell.  I wish them the best, I really do.  What bugs the hell out of me though is the media’s acceptance of all these green technology wild claims because they know people eat that stuff up as it makes for a  feel good story regardless if the numbers add up or not.

Smells fishy to me though.

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